NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THAT INFORMATION.
PLEASE REVIEW THIS NOTICE CAREFULLY.
This Practice is committed to maintaining the privacy of your protected health information (“PHI”), which includes information about your health condition and the care and treatment you receive from the Practice. The creation of a record detailing the care and services you receive helps this office to provide you with quality health care. This Notice details how your PHI may be used and disclosed to third parties. This Notice also details your rights regarding your PHI. The privacy of PHI in patient files will be protected when the files are taken to and from the Practice by placing the files in a box or brief case and kept within the custody of a doctor or employee of the Practice authorized to remove the files from the Practice’s office. It may be necessary to take patient files to a facility where a patient is confined or to a patient’s home where the patient is to be examined or treated.
NO CONSENT REQUIRED
The Practice may use and/or disclose your PHI for the purposes of:
The Practice may, from time to time, contact you to provide appointment reminders or information about treatment alternatives or other health-related benefits and services that may be of interest to you. The following appointment reminders are used by the Practice: a) a postcard mailed to you at the address provided by you; and b) telephoning your home and leaving a message on your answering machine or with the individual answering the phone.
The Practice maintains a directory of and sign-in log for individuals seeking care and treatment in the office. Directory and sign-in log are located in a position where staff can readily see who is seeking care in the office, as well as the individual’s location within the Practice’s office suite. This information may be seen by, and is accessible to, others who are seeking care or services in the Practice’s offices.
The Practice may disclose to your family member, other relative, a close personal friend, or any other person identified by you, your PHI directly relevant to such person’s involvement with your care or the payment for your care unless you direct the Practice to the contrary. The Practice may also use or disclose your PHI to notify or assist in the notification (including identifying or locating) a family member, a personal representative, or another person responsible for your care, of your location, general condition or death. However, in both cases, the following conditions will apply:
Uses and/or disclosures, other than those described above, will be made only with your written Authorization.
1. You have the right to:
To obtain more information on, or have your questions about your rights answered, you may contact the Practice’s Privacy Officer, Rubia Carter, at 561-689-2900 or via email by using our contact page.
1. The Practice:
Section 381.004 relating to HIV testing, Chapter 384 relating to sexually transmitted diseases and Section 456.057 relating to patient records ownership, control and disclosure.
QUESTIONS AND COMPLAINTS
You may obtain additional information about our privacy practices or express concerns or complaints to the person identified below whom is the Privacy Officer and Contact person appointed for this practice. The Privacy Officer is Rubia Carter.
You may file a complaint with the Privacy Officer if you believe that your privacy rights have been violated relating to release of your protected health information. You may, also, submit a complaint to the Department of Health and Human Services the address of which will be provided to you by the Privacy Officer. We will not retaliate against you in any way if you file a complaint.
This Notice is in effect as of 8/23/2013.